Across The Field: Leaders champs
November, 11, 2012
By Scott Kendrick | ESPN.com
It was a week off, and the Buckeyes clinched a championship. After Penn State's loss at Nebraska, the Buckeyes are two games up in the Leaders Division with two to play, which means the worst that can happen is a tie for the division title with Wisconsin and/or Penn State, and the Badgers are already assured of playing in the league title game. Anyhow, with a week off, the Buckeyes rested and the coaches went on the road to recruit. Welcome to Across The Field, a regular feature on BuckeyeNation where we point you to noteworthy Buckeyes coverage here and elsewhere. Think something should be included? Send it to email@example.com.
BuckeyeNation Week in Review
- Brad Bournival might have been the hardest working man in BuckeyeNation this week with a the recruiting news buzzing in a busy week.
- ESPN 150 OT Dorian Johnson will have at least two more visits to Columbus before a decision, which is a good sign.
- The 10-0 start does a lot for the coaches' pitches to recruits this week.
- Joey Bosa is poised to come to Ohio State out of one of the country's best high school programs.
- The Buckeyes have a good shot to finish strong, writes Jeremy Crabtree in Fact or Fiction.
- A 2013 ESPN 150 receiver from Florida is quietly in the mix as well.
- Ohio State extended offers in the 2014 class to LB Nyles Morgan, RB Nick Chubb and LB Dillon Bates and another to 2015 RB Damien Harris.
- 2014 QB Drew Barker doesn't have an offer yet, but he received a visit.
- Urban Meyer went to Northeast Ohio early in the week, and to Georgia late in the week, to Atlanta and its suburbs.
- Still no word from WR Thaddeus Snodgrass, who should announce soon.
- The new ESPN 150/300 is out, and the Buckeyes have 11 in the top 300.
- Raekwon McMillan went to Florida for a visit, and he said the Buckeyes still lead.
- Bournival's Offered series continued with Johnson, DT Donovan Munger and OT Jimmy Byrne.
- Byrne is watching the Buckeyes closely, even though he can't watch them in person.
- And in the 2016 class (yes, that's high school freshmen), Ohio State already sees massive potential in the brother of a 2013 pledge.
- On the current team, Etienne Sabino is on track for a return at Wisconsin, and he might not recognize some new parts of the defense.
- Where would the Buckeyes be in the BCS if they were eligible? Probably not in great shape among the remaining unbeatens, writes Brian Fremeau.
- Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde are bringing back memories of Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson.
- Noah Spence had a tough middle of the season, but is coming along.
- The easy win over Illinois gave freshmen some good playing time.
- Austin Ward looked at the five most impressive statistical performances this season:
- Braxton Miller's show against UCF
- Ryan Shazier's breakout against Cal
- John Simon's dominance against Nebraska
- Carlos Hyde's touchdown party
- Bradley Roby's tip drill
- Could Jim Tressel end up at Kentucky? (Dispatch, $)
- And Tressel will attend the Michigan game. (WBNS, Land Grant Holy Land)
- Ten reasons why this year's team should be enjoyed. (Eleven Warriors)
- Going undefeated next year will be a lot tougher, writes Rob Oller. (Dispatch, $)
- Braxton Miller doesn't like talking about himself. (Lantern)
- The court wasn't ship shape in Charleston, so the opener is now at home against Albany on Sunday.
- Toledo Whitmer's Nigel Hayes is down to the Buckeyes and Wisconsin.
- The Buckeyes didn't get to play, but the trip still meant something, writes Bob Hunter. (Dispatch, $)
- Ohio State might have trouble finding ways to score, writes Doug Lesmerises. (Plain Dealer)
- Thad Matta thinks he'll be doing a lot more mixing and matching with the lineup this season. (Lantern)
- Jared Sullinger is finding a role in the NBA already.
- The OSU women made a solid comeback against Notre Dame before losing on the Yorktown. (Lantern)
The Gang's All Here
- At the Carrier Classic, the two basketball-playing Crafts honored their brother, who is serving in Afghanistan. (Lantern)
Saban vs. Meyer
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State